Lubiere (12689) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light blonde with a thick white head. Light herbal German hops in aroma, with light notes of minerals and ash. In mouth, a light malt with loads of hops, mineral notes, oily mouthfeel, and medium bodied. Not a wimpy kolsch! On tap at BP August 12, 2006.
Sammy (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wheaty nose, whitish colour with foamy head. Perfect carbonation, as they get spot on throughout the lineup. Medium and soft mouthfeel. Some sweet fruit in there. Drying. Listed as 6% on the menu. Not what I expected for a kolsch, but a very good summer beer.
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 Any first impressions?
-A creamy head settles atop the veiled golden, lacing generously.
-Prominent pils maltiness and delicate spicy hoppiness proffer a most rich, noble aroma.
-Luscious cereals and fine citrusy hoppiness meld into a wealthy Czech-pils like body, without the Czech yeast of course.
-The crunchy maltiness is so healthy and inviting; I would never have imagined that fulfilling of a body in a Kölsch.
What if you dig deeper?
-The peppery, citrusy gentle hop wave which closes every sip is prolonged by a dry wooden undertow.
-The complex maltiness even evolves into biscuit and toast characters.
-The superb balance and drinkability of it all grew on me as I downed my glass.
-This (apparently) unfiltered Kölsch is an evident testament to this brewer’s prowess.
On tap at the brewpub.
TaktikMTL (7023) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Verre de 12 oz dégusté à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur d’houblon et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un très beau moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fruité avec une pointe de citron. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est mince avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère sensation de poivre sur la langue en arrière goût. (Rating #557)
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright sunny golden hue shows just a light haze. The head is white, pretty regular, fully lasting and with a clinging aspect. Fine tuned cereals come heavy in the nose of gracious extraction. Surprisingly low carbonation works pretty well here, probably thanks to the brightness and freshness of the hops. The dry-out effect comes gradually, smoothly and leading you by the hand towards the effective floral, herbal, eventually slightly rocky and minimally mineral bitterness. Firm medium body, showcasing its malty roots and low (if any) filtration. Highly drinkable, perfect after a good bike ride. Superb Kolsch!
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 Almost clear dark yellow body with a rather large and long lasting white head. Very malty with a dominant cereal/biscuit taste. Honey and some fruity notes. Medium carbonation. Medium and slightly oily body. One of the best Kölsch I’ve had but that doesn’t mean much since the style doesn’t do it to me. Overall this is an Agace Pissette that doesn’t get me exited.
ClarkVV (5568) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught pint at the brewpub on 1/28/07
A fluffy, large, white head tops a well-conditioned, unfiltered, light goldenrod colored body with light carbonation and a high clarity. Head is well-retained and laces moderately.
Authentic Kolsch yeast is immediately recognizable in the nose, with flowery, soft hops sitting behind it. Pale malts further soften things and add mounds of honey. It still manages enough crispness on the end, however, due to a bite from the yeast and moderate hop bitterness. Definitely fresh-smelling, unpasteurized and all, and importantly, very clean. No flaws of any type, not a touch of diacetyl. Warming produces light doughiness and some sweeter, and perhaps slightly more soggy pale malt apparency. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma, with no alcohol noted.
Upon first sip, the texture is immediatley perceived as very generous. Low carbonation, but very engaging/tight, provides a near creamy mouthfeel. Plentiful maltiness; white bread, honey, light dough, all set in on the palate, giving way, somewhat to a fantastic kolsch yeastiness on the finish, dotted with peppery/herbal hop bitterness and light mineral-like sourness. After a few sips, it’s definitely apparent that while the beer is highly flavorful and carefully brewed/lagered, the attenuation level is noticeably too low. It gets a little too chewy-sweet, especially towards the finish, where you would expect more crispness to emerge. Warming just exacerbates the problem.
In my mind, though it certainly goes against the goal of a kolsch (drinkability), it’s not a mortal flaw and one that is easily correctable in subsequent batches. What is impressive is the quality of hop, yeast and malt flavor alongside a flawless presentation. Not a hint of corn/vanilla/apple/butter.
SlovakSniper (4915) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beau liquide jaune scintillant surmonté d’une tête mousseuse impeccablement blanche et solide. Quelques traces restent collées au verre. Le nez est peu affirmé, dans le registre du style, avec des effluves de houblons nobles et des céréales qui apportent une certaine douceur. Les saveurs sont délicates, touchées par un malt posé et par des houblons qui développent une amertume légère. Aucune touche fruitée n’est parvenue à s’échapper de la concoction. En bouche, le liquide surprend par sa corpulence plutôt moyenne. L’effervescence me semble parfaite et la texture est douce. La finale est finement houblonnée et un peu sèche. Belle bière parfaite pour la terrasse.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 15, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample tray. Yellow. Dark white head. Very light scent. Grainy warm-bodied beer.
muzzlehatch (4466) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz draught at the brewpub in the company of Goldorak and MDS. Wow, the perfect beer to start off with after a 2-hour drive....pours clear gold with a smallish lasting white head....fairly standard but well-done fresh grassy, perfumy aroma, a bit weak at first but it develops a bit after five minutes....nicely crisp, a touch honeyish, subtle malts and just enough grassy bitterness to keep it from stickiness....bit metallic at the finish but not problematically so....easy drinking and simple with a balance expertly tilted to the malt without sacrificing light tingly bitterness, just what I want in the style.